We were not looking for bears. More like looking OUT for them, but not really expecting to see any.
We surprised this fellow, as he was coming down to the beach for a sip of water on a hot morning.
We were in the skiff, using the more powerful gas motor to get from our campsite to the favourite fishing spot at the other end of the lake (after which we would use the small electric motor), when the black shape appeared on the beach to our left.
The Captain reined in the speed and headed towards the bear so I could get a picture, but with the change in speed and the wake catching up behind us, the photos I snapped were not great. Again I apologize. These pics were rush jobs, trying to compensate for the rocking boat, but if I had taken even another second to focus better, the bear would have been gone. As it was, after two quick clicks, he melted into the woodwork.
Looks like we interrupted his plans for a sunny morning on the beach.
I looked for bears all the rest of the day. When we stepped onto the beach for a swim, I was Mrs. Rubberneck, constantly checking the bushes behind me.
Later, when I told the campsite host that we’d seen a bear on the beach, he looked like he’d seen a ghost. After a moment, I realized how it sounded. I laughed and said, “No! Not here on the beach. Way over, halfway down the lake.”
I guess he had thought he had a nuisance bear wandering through the campsites and he’d have to deal with it. Whew! Was he relieved!